“Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mariko Mori.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

In Cyclicscape, Mariko Mori’s sculptural works play with the infinite loop of the Möbius strip as a visualization of our universe’s never-ending renewal of invisible energy. Futuristic and ethereal, the large-scale aluminum and stainless steel works seem to transcend their physical matter. With no beginning, middle, or end, the forms symbolize an eternal cycle of existence — of nature and the universe in perpetual motion.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Partial Gallery View of Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

I copied that entire paragraph from the press release because nobody reads this shit anyway.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

But that is your loss, isn’t it?

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Check out “Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery (located at 475 Tenth Ave) in New York through May 2, 2015.

Here’s a bonus photo of the artist in a rare performance at the opening night reception, in which we all braved a snow storm to experience!  Lucky us!

Mariko Mori performing  at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

Mariko Mori performing at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

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Review: Erik Hassle live at Pianos NYC

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Photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

On March 23, 2015, Sweden’s Erik Hassle played a sold-out show at Pianos in New York.  The show was announced at the last minute, making it even more impressive that fans packed the house for the criminally underrated pop/soul singer.  Erik Hassle is currently supporting New Zealand’s Broods (see video I shot at one of their first ever US shows here) and decided to book a solo gig where he showcased several new songs in front of an adoring crowd, which also included his parents and many of his friends from Sweden.  Erik Hassle has a hell of a voice, very soulful and his dance moves on stage will make you fall in love with him.

I would normally be posting a video I took at the show, but sadly the Youtube police are after me at the moment for copyright infringement – despite the fact that I don’t make a penny from my Youtube account AND I post concert videos with the intention of turning my readers onto music they probably would not be exposed to without my site.   Thanks for sticking up for me (and all the others that are in a similar position) bands, managers, etc – NOT!  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?!

Erik Hassle - Pianos

Erik Hassle – Pianos

So in the absence of a live version of “Innocence Lost,” which I would have loved to have posted, you should definitely check out that song.  It’s amazing!  If you want to see the video, you can come over to my place.  Ha!  As an alternate plan, for my international readers, you can see a little clip of “Fuck The Pain Away” on my Instagram account.   In addition, you can hear samples of many Erik Hassle tracks on his official website (link will open in a new window).  Before his final song of the night “No Words,” Erik mentioned that the song will be available as a single in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for that song.  It was great!  Follow him on his Soundcloud page for updates.

Erik Hassle is supporting Broods on the following dates, so make sure you don’t miss his set (because it will likely be as good if not better than the main act).

03/25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/26 – Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
03/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
03/28 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
03/29 – Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
03/31 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
04/01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
04/02 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Thanks for a great show Erik.  Can’t wait to see you again!

A Portrait of According2g by Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli

Posted by The G on March 23, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo and art by Carl “Screwtape” Paoli.

According2g by Carl Paoli

According2g by Carl Paoli

Wow!  What an honor to be immortalized by the amazing artist Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli.  Carl is a jack of all trades who has found success in Hollywood as a stuntman, is a film-maker and documentarian and he’s also an artist whose work has been shown in the streets as well as galleries all over the world.  He presented me with a painting of myself this weekend and I am both thankful and humbled to be painted by such a great talent.  Please visit his website (link will open in a new window) and follow him on Instagram at IM_Screwtape.  He often posts time-lapse videos that document his paintings and they will blow your mind.   Thanks again Screwtape!!!  I am so honored!

“naturalhistory” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Richard Butler leads quite a busy life.  When he is not out on tour with his band The Psychedelic Furs, he is an accomplished painter, whose 3rd solo exhibit “naturalhistory” opens at Freight + Volume in New York on March 20, 2015.

Partial Gallery View

“naturalhistory”

If you follow this site (and I thank you kindly for your patronage), you are familiar both with Richard’s music, as well as his first two exhibits “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” and  “ahatfulofrain” (Click on the hyperlinks and they will open in a new window).

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

In “naturalhistory,” Richard Butler again draws inspiration from his family, most notably his daughter Maggie, who is pictured below.

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

You can see the progression in Richard’s work as his paintings have evolved from being dark and fetishistic to paintings of a much more contemplative nature in his quest to show the viewer the emotion that hides behind the facade.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

I had a nice chat with Richard at the opening for “naturalhistory” and the moment was captured by the amazing photographer Derek Storm.  You can see photos from the opening night party on Derek’s website.  The link will open in a new window.  I encourage you to take a look around his site because coming from someone that sees and does a ton of stuff, Derek definitely finds himself at the right place and the right time a lot.  RESPECT!

Richard Butler - naturalhistory 6

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Back to Richard Butler.  “naturalhistory” by Richard Butler is showing at Freight + Volume, located at 530 West 24th Street in New York, through April 11, 2015.  Don’t miss it!

The Psychedelic Furs are also going to be hitting the road again in May 2015, and you can find out their tour dates on their official site.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

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Photos by G.  Art by Tali Lennox.

"Layers of Life" by Tali Lennox

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox

Prior to her exhibit “Layers of Life” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York (which opens to the public on March 20, 2015), artist Tali Lennox already has an impressive resume.  In her early 20s, Tali Lennox has had a successful modeling career and she’s also the daughter of one of my favorite singers of all time, Annie Lennox of Eurythmics.  Don’t let those impressive credentials fool you into thinking her art is a vanity project that is only made possible because of her fame.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

In “Layers of Life,” Tali Lennox reacts to the social media generation by creating a series of ‘selfies,’ but instead of hiding behind a computer to express herself as so many of us do, Tali has used paint and canvas as the medium.  To be so young and to be such a deep thinker is very impressive and this is expressed perfectly in her work.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Like with things we post online, we can only judge what we see in that moment and what happens before and after is a mystery.  It would be fascinating to hear mother and daughter discuss their thoughts on this topic in relation to the iconic images they’ve been a part of.  And if Tali or Annie are reading this, I volunteer to conduct said discussion.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the "Layers of Life" opening.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the “Layers of Life” opening.

I spoke with Tali at the opening night reception for “Layers of Life” and she was kind enough to pose in front of one of her works.  She was embodying the emotion in her painting, hence her covering up her absolutely gorgeous face.  You can see exactly what I mean after the jump.

Congratulations to Tali Lennox on a great exhibit and I have no doubt that we will be hearing her name a lot in the years to come.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox is showing at Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street in New York, through April 19, 2015.

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